At 28, Adam Rippon is participating in his first, and likely last, Winter Olympics. He just helped the United States win the bronze medal in the figure skating team competition, and although there was some controversy surrounding his score—for technical reasons, judges graded his performance lower than two other skaters who fell during their routines—Rippon isn't letting the haters get him down. After Twitter users got outraged on his behalf, he told Good Morning America that he wanted to shake up the judge's panel.
“I think we need to get those people who think that I was ripped off on a judging panel immediately, maybe before the individual competition.”
Following his performance, he told Mike Tirico on NBC that he was so nervous before his performance, he thought he was going to puke. And also that he kind wished his could have had a "xanax and quick drink" to calm himself down.
And, like every American, Adam Rippon just wants to make Reese Witherspoon proud. Last week, Witherspoon tweeted that Rippon was the number one reason to tune into the Olympics and Rippon is now name-checking her from PyeongChang:
While Rippon is having fun and making new friends, there is one person he still won't be hanging out with any time soon: Vice President Mike Pence. As one of the first openly gay men to represent the United States at the Winter Games (along with new best friend Gus Kenworthy), Rippon was critical of Pence for his anti-LGBTQ track record—he once said that gay marriage would hasten "societal collapse"—leading Pence to invoke the classic "fake news" Trumpism in a tweet showing support for the Olympian.
During his GMA appearance, Rippon was asked if he would ever meet with Pence and, true to form, he did not hold back:
“I personally don’t have anything to say to Mike Pence. I’m very lucky because legislation that he’s pushed hasn’t affected my life at all. I spoke out because there are people whose lives have been affected by changes he’s tried to make. And so I spoke out for them because right now I have a voice and I think it's really important for me to use it."
Rippon gets back into action Friday, when the individual skating events start. That's kind of a long wait, so you should give him a follow on Twitter to get your fix.